President Trump was out today with his typical empty “thoughts and prayers” speech a day after 17 people, mostly children, were slaughtered in a Florida high school by a 19-year-old with a semi automatic rifle and a huge amount of ammunition.
Yesterday, Trump also suggested the other typical Republican talking point–that mental health, and not easy access to guns was the real reason behind the shooting.
Of course, it’s all empty words from Trump, a president who recently signed a law to make it easier for people with mental disorders to get guns.
President Donald Trump quietly signed a bill into law Tuesday rolling back an Obama-era regulation that made it harder for people with mental illnesses to purchase a gun.
The rule, which was finalized in December, added people receiving Social Security checks for mental illnesses and people deemed unfit to handle their own financial affairs to the national background check database.
At least some of the 150,000 victims of mass shooting and school violence, however, are getting sick of Trump’s empty, routine and disrespectful reaction to shootings that doesn’t seem to change much or lead to any resolution to what is clearly a problem in American society. One victim named Sarah, took to Twitter (the twitter account is now protected because of the amount of attention it received):
I don’t want your condolences you fucking price of shit, my friends and teachers were shot. Multiple of my fellow classmates are dead. Do something instead of sending prayers. Prayers won’t fix this. But Gun control will prevent it from happening again. https://t.co/UZPgcPoPUX
— sarah (@chaddiedabaddie) February 14, 2018
More reactions from the victims can be found in this article.
On the political end, one former GOP suggested that Americans need to vote out Republicans if they want a solution to gun violence:
“And so if this is the issue that defines your ideology as a voter, there are two things I would suggest tonight. First, flip the House. Flip the House,” Jolly told “CNN Tonight.” “Republicans are not going to do a single thing after this shooting we saw today. But I would also offer to Democrats, work for incremental wins.”
Trump’s own treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, also very vaguely referenced that it was time for the gun issue to be dealt with:
“I will say, personally, I think the gun violence — it’s a tragedy what we’ve seen yesterday, and I urge Congress to look at these issues,” Mnuchin said at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing.
The Russian propaganda network, aka Fox News, was also at it with their typical fact-free fantasies regarding the situation. On Fox and Friends, the shooting was compared to Eagles fans who flipped cars during Super Bowl victory situation, and then moved on to the bizarre claim that video games are responsible for gun violence.
Ted Cruz (is he related to the shooter?), the resident asshole senator from Texas blamed the shootings on, of course, Obama.
Here’s the Fox and Friends transcript. Where do these jokers come up with this trash?
KILMEADE: And what about virtual reality? Those glasses that put you in a battle, put you at war?
EARHARDT: The psychiatrist — during the break, we continued to ask him questions because we are fascinated by what’s going on in this guy’s mind? And he said, kids this day and age, they’re exposed to more violence. And he said the brain normalizes it. He said, back in World War I — was it World War I? — he said the soldiers would learn with a target. Then in World War I, they would learn with a silhouette of a human being. And now, kids are watching these video games that are horrific. And not all kids will actually do this kind of thing
EARHARDT: But they’ve normalized it where a kid — we saw the violence after the Super Bowl. These are fans that won and they’re vandalizing Philadelphia because it’s normal to do this now.
It is interesting to see how fast we learned so much about this shooting and why it happened, contrasted with the Vegas shooting where there are still many strange and unanswered questions.